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Lavender jelly
Thu 19-Apr-12
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mauramac
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Has anyone made this using their own lavender?

We have a couple of bushes in the garden which were wonderful last year and we also live not too far from the Hop Shop in Shoreham which grows lavender on a massive scale.

http://www.hopshop.co.uk/

They were featured in a TV programme recently and I know the farm quite well as worked as a secretary on the neighbouring farm back in the 80's....was only cattle and arable back then. So I could buy the oil from there or just use my own lavender.

I'm sure I read somewhere that you can't use lavender to cook with as too bitter so I thought I would ask first on here to see if anyone has used it and what recipes there might be.

I'm looking to make a clear jelly with it - any thoughts?

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Sun 22-Apr-12
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I've made lavender jelly at some time in the paste Maura and also lavender ice cream which is beautiful, I just used the stuff out of my garden, the jelly recipe is similar to how you'd make mint jelly, and makes a clear light amber coloured jelly. lovely stuff

Tue 24-Apr-12
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Thanks Jan, I'm looking forward to having a go at this in the summer. I've been told it is delicious on toast as well smile

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Wed 25-Apr-12
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You're welcome, let me know how it goes, I have lots of lavender but I dry most of it to make scent bags etc

Mon 3-Sep-12
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Janet - did you just boil up your apples with the lavender heads together and then strain it through a jelly bag overnight. Or did you tie up lavender in muslin?

Only just got round to picking some lavender heads and bit worried I might have left it too late as the flower heads are just starting to dry out, but have got a few fresh ones to add as well. Not sure how many to use as not made it before.

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Mon 3-Sep-12
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I always jelly bag, so never bother about tying up the lavender separately, provided it still smells then it should add flavour/taste. Couldn't really say how much I used, maybe half a dozen heads or so, you don't need a great deal as you just want a hint of it. If you make it too strong it's a bit too perfumy to eat.

Tue 4-Sep-12
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Thanks Janet - I'm having a go at that today.......wish me luck whistle

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Tue 4-Sep-12
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bit late in the day for wishing you luck Maura...but hope it went well.

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